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Sharing their passion for the ocean to make a difference

Published on September 25th, 2014

As part of a trip that was half ocean sprint and half environmental mission, adventurers Jeff Brock and Brock Callen set off on a 67-mile expedition between Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island. The trip was the first in a series of kiteboarding missions and environmental presentations, launched with Rachael Miller of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, designed to inspire children to protect our fragile ocean waters.

“The Rozalia project is so important in terms of educating kids and leading efforts to clean up our oceans,” says Callen. “They’re out working surface to seafloor, taking trash out of the ocean in our backyard, but they’re also doing an amazing job showing kids how they can be a part of the effort. It’s not just awareness. It’s passion, and we’re proud to be a part of that.”

In this inaugural expedition on September 19, the kiters stopped on two separate beaches to collect plastic debris. One of their beach landings was on Block Island. “In a matter of ten minutes on the beach, we picked up fifty pieces of plastic trash, enough to fill a locker on our support boat,” says Brock. “The single-use plastic water bottle was the most common item. We found so many of those, along with balloons, bottle caps, and more.”

Following the kite-transit and cleanup, Miller with partner with Callen and Brock to deliver interactive, educational and inspiring programs to 350+ students in schools throughout Martha’s Vineyard and the Northeast. The presentations will incorporate geography, meteorology, marine science, marine ecology, conservation and more.

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